Schools Banning iPods?

There were all sorts of ways to cheat back in school and I’m sure we’ve all tried them all at some point or another. It’s human nature to take the shortcut after all, and cheating has evolved a lot since I was in high school. I mean, once we figured out that writing the answers on your hand or a piece of paper was too obvious, most figured new ways from the simple, like wearing a baseball cap and tilting it slightly to the side so it doesn’t look like you’re peeking at your neighbor’s paper, to the elaborate, such as programing your calculator full of math formulas. However, is the fight against cheating turning into a technology witch hunt?

It wasn’t long ago that schools started banning cell phones for fear that students were texting each other answers. I’m not sure about you but if a teacher doesn’t notice a bunch of kids tapping away at their phones, then there are other problems altogether. Now schools are starting to ban iPods (and other MP3 players) because they believe students are recording answers and then playing them back during exams. Sounds a bit too elaborate to me. I mean, in order to do something like that, you’d have to record yourself reciting a bunch of chapters in a textbook and make it easy enough to access that you can play specific clips upon request. That seems like more work than actually studying to me.

Personally, I’m not quite sure how I would’ve survived school if I didn’t have my trusty…um…discman…all those years ago. I’m not sure if you noticed but school is boring and not allowing kids to bring music to school…well, that just makes it a bit worse.

Source: CNN

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6 Responses to Schools Banning iPods?

  1. Ed… Ed Ed Ed :) You're a rebel!

    I have to admit that highschool was boring, but College and University were great.. for me at least.

    Banning mp3 players from school is stupid. Banning them from class only would make more sense… If you would be a teacher, I'm sure you wouldn't like to see like half of your students listening to music instead of you ;)

  2. Ed… Ed Ed Ed :) You’re a rebel!

    I have to admit that highschool was boring, but College and University were great.. for me at least.

    Banning mp3 players from school is stupid. Banning them from class only would make more sense… If you would be a teacher, I’m sure you wouldn’t like to see like half of your students listening to music instead of you ;)

  3. Haha! I got a laugh out of the bit about reciting a bunch of chapters. When I was taking Biology in college, I recorded myself reading each and every chapter – from beginning to end! And then I listened to the recordings in my car – every minute of every day that I was in my car! It may have been boring, but I aced that class! *LOL*

  4. Haha! I got a laugh out of the bit about reciting a bunch of chapters. When I was taking Biology in college, I recorded myself reading each and every chapter – from beginning to end! And then I listened to the recordings in my car – every minute of every day that I was in my car! It may have been boring, but I aced that class! *LOL*

  5. A friend of mine figured out that trick 5 years ago. He aced a stats test by recording the answers to the stats test on his ipod. It was an elaborate plan! He missed the day of the test, waited for the teacher to hand back the stats test, took his friend's test home and recorded all of the answers onto his ipod!!

  6. A friend of mine figured out that trick 5 years ago. He aced a stats test by recording the answers to the stats test on his ipod. It was an elaborate plan! He missed the day of the test, waited for the teacher to hand back the stats test, took his friend’s test home and recorded all of the answers onto his ipod!!

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